For months, President Trump has been obsessed - publicly and privately - with clearing his name in relation to the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with members of his campaign. Last week, Comey testified in a Senate hearing that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". On three occasions, Comey said he was not. Last week, former FBI Director James Comeytold Congress he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe. "I'm not under investigation".
Rosenstein prepared a memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions back in early May, which raised repeated questions about how Comey had handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation - at first, that seemed to be the basis for Comey's firing by the President, until Mr. Trump said a few days later that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind.
Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations". Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who said she's anxious that the President will try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
Trump wasn't under investigation personally prior to Comey's firing on May 9.
"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller", Feinstein stated in the release.
A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was "unavoidable" given testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.
"The interviews (with Rogers, Coats and Ledgett) suggest that Mueller sees the question of attempted obstruction of justice as more than just a "he said, he said" dispute between the President and the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, an official said". He also told the Senate Intelligence Committee in 8 June testimony that he believed Trump had directed him to drop a related agency investigation into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.
Trump appeared unbowed by the new revelations.
"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", he tweeted just before 7 a.m. "Nice".
President Donald Trump is telling his Twitter followers that they are witnessing the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American history".
Trump writes, "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"
None of the above makes Trump guilty. The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released in the United Kingdom exactly 20 years ago today, which is sort of scary. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was an unqualified smash, and sold some 300,000 copies by 1999.
The Indian army claimed that it had recovered the dead body of the BAT member from the Poonch LoC's Gulpur sector on Friday. "There is no report of any firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army along the LoC", a senior army officer said.
The lender announced an annual loss this year of £477m, taking its total losses since its rescue in 2013 to well over £2.5bn. The Co-op Bank reiterated on Monday it was in "advanced discussions" with the investors on raising capital.
They said the second largest gathering was held at the Eidgah in the old city in which more than 40,000 people participated. In retaliation to this, the police forced to use tear gas on the protesters, who were pelting stones at them.
After that opener, Liverpool host Crystal Palace before taking on Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the worldwide break. Manchester United's first meeting with Liverpool , always one of the highlights of the season, will be at Anfield on October 14.
The Angels finished off a series victory against the Red Sox with a game worked by three pitchers acquired for basically nothing. Angels INF Yunel Escobar was out of the lineup again on Sunday after injuring his thumb on a diving play in Friday's game.
NOTES: The Indians reinstated RHP Cody Allen from the paternity list and optioned RHP Adam Plutko to Triple-A Columbus. Santana pitched six shutout innings, surrendering up nine hits, but he did not issue a walk and struck out seven.
So far, only Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee have officially passed bills into law banning sanctuary policies. A handful of Texas cities - including Austin - are now suing the state, saying the law promotes discrimination.
Back in 2010 when he won the Nobel Prize while in prison, his family was prevented from traveling to Norway to accept the award . It also called the Chinese Communist Party's approach to modernisation "disastrous".
A US-led coalition fighter jet has shot down a Syrian military plane in Raqqa province, the United States has confirmed. Abdullah argued that the US position is being weakened by splits within the Trump administration over Syria policy.
Police say he and his daughter were run over by the boat at Temple Lake Park, about 10 miles northwest of downtown Temple. The witness said she told the driver of the boat not to park in the area because there were children swimming the area.
Missing Boy's Father Arrested on Suspicion of Murder
I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition. In addition to trying to locate Aramazd, police are still trying to determine why the boy's father was passed out in the park.
'Transformers' tops box office but is biggest in China
Paramount had been forecasting a $70 million haul for the five days. " Rough Night ", $4.7 million ($2 million international). Even with little fresh competition, " The Last Knight " became yet another casualty of a tough summer season at theaters.
Judge considering freeze on Iraqi deportations
The Trump administration has now agreed to remove Iraq from its travel ban policy in exchange that Iraq accept these immigrants. Many have lived in the U.S. so long that they no longer speak Arabic, immigration lawyers and activists say.
Is this really the World's Ugliest Dog?
In past years the competition has been dominated by older, smaller dogs, but this year the larger-figured Martha came out on top. A mixed breed dog named Icky looks on during the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
The Accountant Sequel Moves Forward at WB
Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for risky criminal organisations. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client.